Granary Books, 2001. Item #GB_86
8 x 8 in., 208 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.
“At Granary, books are not neutral containers but are invested with a life of their own, conceived as objects first and foremost, entering the world not as the discardable shell of some other story but piping their own tunes on their own instruments...Curiously, this particular book, this book of books, provides something that no one of the books depicted possibly can. For the images and texts...make a picture not just of discreet works but also of something that cannot be contained by a book, a publisher: a publisher’s aesthetic, a publisher’s production.”
–Charles Bernstein, foreword to When Will the Book be Done?
Since the 1980s, Granary Books has brought together bookmakers, writers and artists to explore verbal/visual relations in the time-honored spirit of independent publishing. With a foreword by Charles Bernstein and an introduction by publisher Steven Clay, When Will the Book be Done? features complete lists and descriptions of nearly 100 artists’ books, writer/artist collaborations, and books of theory pertaining to books, writing and publishing. Entries for each book are annotated with quotes from the artists and writers, critical notes, bibliographic information and full color illustrations.
Designed by Taller de Comunicación Gráfica, Mexico City, cover by Henrik Drescher. Printed in full color, this is from an edition of 2000 copies in wrappers. As new.
"Claymation, A Reader's Guide" by Charles Bernstein, originally printed in the preface for When will the book be done? Granary's books. Granary Books, 2001.
"Three Books about Books" by Jeffrey Beam, originally published in Oyster Boy Review 14 (Winter 2001): 52.